Monday, May 24, 2010

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Tacos

There are many reasons I love this recipe but I will only list a few:
1. It is simple
2. It is cheap
3. It is made in the slow cooker
4. My whole family declared them, "the best tacos ever!"

This fabulous dish, like many of my other favorites, came straight from my favorite cooking blog.  It is the blog I go to for inspiration on days that I would just rather go through a drive through, and the days that I think I am so overwhelmed that I don't think I have time to cook anything.  Any guesses? If you said, Mel's Kitchen Cafe you are right my dear readers, it was Mel who posted this recipe and I quickly saved it for the day that I knew everyone in the family would be going in 50 directions all at the same time.  To say it was a hit is an understatement, my entire family loved it, requested it again and very soon thank you very much.  In fact, there would have been no leftovers had I not doubled the recipe in order to have a portion ready to store away in the freezer.

It is sweet and spicy all at the same time, pair that up with the salty monteray jack cheese, and crisp cool lettuce and it is a perfect combination!  So good in fact I may have been forced to hideaway from the family in order to eat another of these deliciously tasty tacos. Next time you have a need for something easy, throw this simple dish together, you won't be sorry!!

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Tacos
Recipe Source: Mel's Kitchen Cafe who got it from Prudence Pennywise

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 (14 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, drained (see note at bottom)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (I used 1/4 teaspoon)

Coat the inside of your crockpot with non-stick cooking spray. Place all ingredients in the crockpot. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 8-10 hours, or until chicken shreds very easily with a fork. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Chicken will absorb liquid after it is shredded.) Serve in tacos or however your little heart desires.

Cook's Note-Hello everyone! I just wanted to mention that some of the people I have heard back from prefer to drain their tomatoes to eliminate having too much liquid in the final product. It must really depend on how hot your slow cooker is. I hope you all enjoy!

*Freezable Meal: I freeze the leftovers in a freezer-safe container and let thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving the next day. I reheat over medium-low heat in a saucepan on the stove.

Total Cost: $4.59 and I have enough chicken left over to have another meal and everything else is on hand!
Chicken $3.00 (I used 2 1/2 pounds)
Tortillas $.04
Tomatoes $.30
Chili Flakes and Sugar $.50
Cheese $.50
Lettuce $.25 (I used about 1/4 of a very large head and it was $1.00 a head)
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  1. I love the price breakdown! And thanks for your rave reviews...I'm so glad this meal was a hit.

  2. I made this the other day but my pictures were nothing to brag about. Good job.

  3. Ashleigh just checked out your the food and the baby is BEAUTIFUL!